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right the first time. vo: if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free meter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. vo: and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. vo: join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. vo: call now and receive a free accu-chek aviva meter. vo: plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. end tag vo: call the number on your screen. >>> 2009 oscar ballots have been mailed out. the nominees will be announced next month. >> jeremy and i already have some ideas of our own as far as what could get best picture of the year. for me it goes to "precious." i thought that the acting knocked my socks off. it's set in harlem in 1987. where precious is a 16-year-old african-american girl who's pregnant for the second time by her absent father. she's abused emotionally and physically by her mom who you see there played by monique. precious can't read or write but her life c
: if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free meter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. vo: and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. vo: join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. vo: call now and receive a free accu-chek aviva meter. vo: plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. end tag vo: call the number on your screen. . >>> this is my first "insomniac theater." it's good to be here. >> that's why it made it easier to sit through the chick flick. you saw the wrong one. i saw the edgy movie people are talking about, "youth in revolt." let me set up the movie for you. it's basically adapted from a series of favorite cult books. the idea behind it is sair ray is a 16-year-old virgin who falls head over heels for a nonvirgin. she's encouraging him to be bad and do daring things. he decides he's going to create an altear ego named francois and it gets him into a lot of trouble
in social security and medicare. cuts in social security an medicare. i would simply say to them, look at where we are. look at where we are. social security and medicare are both cash negative today. the trustees of medicare say that medicare will go broke in eight years. social security will take somewhat longer. but both are on a path to insolvency if we fail to act. mr. president, it hasn't just been from the more liberal side of the spectrum that the criticism has come. also on the right. "the wall street journal," ran this editorial calling the debt reduction commission or the deficit commission a trap. they say it is a trap that will lead to higher taxes, to more revenue. so on the left and the right we have those complaining that if you move forward to deal with the debt, you're going to make reductions in programs and you're goi i think that's undeniably the case. if you're going to deal with this debt threat, we are going to have to make changes in the spending prowewewewewe are goine changes in the revenue base of the country. i would suggest for those who are concerned abou
on the report from members of the center of medicare and medicaid services. this is a 55 minute event. >> good morning, i'm the editor in chief of health affairs. having a year. welcome to our briefing on the health spending numbers. this is a ritual at the center for medicare and medicaid services as willis health affairs to bring out the spending numbers every year. we are delighted to be able to do that once more. this year we have a historic set of numbers to help others unveil. you will hear and perhaps you have already read the historic slow down in health-care spending in 2008. the slowest rate of growth in 50 years. on the other side of the story some health-care spending grew faster than the overall economy. we are not out of our long-term trajectory. we continue to outpace the growth in the gdp. with no further ado, i will turn into our fine folks who will explain the data further. this person is very knowledgeable. we will hear from another person who is an economist at the centers for medicare and medicaid services. she was primarily on historical state based spending. she and her
the expansion includes higher taxes, includes medicare cuts. it also at the end of the day, according to the congressional budget office, does very little for most people in this country to actually reduce the cost of their health care insurance. in fact, what we've seen through the studies that have been done by the c.b.o., the congressional budget office, by the c.m.s. actuary is for most americans they are going to see at best their health insurance premiums stay the same and if you're in the market, go up. the health care bill is an example of this runaway federal spending. in the latter part of that debate, we got a response from the c.b.o. to a question that was posed by the senator from alabama, senator sessions, with regard to how the accounting is done on medicare. because one of the arguments that we heard throughout the course of the debate is that it would extend the life span of medicare. in fact, when the c.b.o., the the question was posed of them: what happens with this additional medicare tax and these medicare cuts that would be imposed upon providers and on senior ci
why they would endorse a bill offering huge kits to medicare. these private plans offer seniors an alternative to medicare that often includes extra medical coverage like dental and vision care. >> i recognize the gentleman from georgia. >> reporter: georgia republican phil gingrey thinks he knows why. >> seniors are back into medicare fee for service, the more opportunity aarp has to get royalties from the sale of the medi gap policies. >> reporter: he says those seniors force the out of medicare advantage would have to buy supplemental insurance, like medi gap. for insurers like the aarp and its partner, united health care, that means a much higher profit margin. >> they have to purchase a medi gap policy, and oh, guess what? aarp has 30% of that. >> you should know about this card. >> reporter: it's a fact not lost on its member. >> aarp is about insurance. people need to know that. aarp is not out there to help you, it's to take your money and put it in their pocket. >> reporter: the aarp insists this is not true. so your lobbyists haven't lobbied to leave untouched. edigap?
's developed and directed a number of national programs, including the center for medicare education, the better jobs, better care national program, funded by the robert wood johnson foundation and atlantic philanthropy. she was a political appointee during the clinton administration, serving in the u.s. department of health and human services as deputy assistant secretary for disability, aging and long-term care policy. she also was assistant secretary for aging in 1997. she's been a senior researcher at the national center for health services research, and at project hope center for health healthy communities fares previously, as well as -- health affairs previously, as well as at georgetown university. to begin, let's welcome to the podium, steven kay. >> some people focus on specific federal programs, or they might focus on quality issues or work force issues or family care giving, and they also tend to focus on specific population, such as the so-called frail elderly, on non-elderly people with disabilities or cognitive disabilities. as carol levine said in her article in this i
for taking my call. the so-called reduction in medicare that the republicans more or less talk about on a regular basis is really -- is it information or misinformation about the program, either the senate or the house of representatives bill, are they going to really reduce the amount of money into medicare to pay for this plan? and also the public option, why is it that they are not wanting to really fight for the public option? it seems to me that that would be a good way to go and if people are purchasing insurance, you know, they're responsible for reading the policy and knowing what coverage they have and, you know, it's just like taking out a loan. if you don't read the fine print and you sign on the dotted line, you're responsible. because it's a contract. andity think the republicans are just fear mongering and trying to kill the bill simply because of the input of the lobbyists from the insurance, you know, the big corporations. host: thanks for your call. guest: a comment on the medicare question briefly. the pieces in the health legislation that would reduce costs under m
% of all health care is run by the government today. medicare, medicaid, indian health service, military, and v.a., tricare. 60% of it is run by the government. one of the reasons you have an absolute shortage of primary care doctors in this country is because we have set the price for what they're going to pay for primary care and the doctors won't go into it anymore, because there's a 350% payment differential. so we can either embrace our heritage, which says we've relied on markets to allocate scarce resources, or we can deny it and allow the government to run it. i think the health care bill ultimately will pass. i think they're going to buy the votes. you saw what happened in the senate. they're going to dot exact same thing in -- do the exact same thing in the house to get the votes they need and we will have a health care bill that the president will sign. don't think it's the best answer for us as a nation. i can tell you what's in that bill. it puts the government in charge of what you'll get, when you'll get it and where you'll get it, and that's even if you have private insur
security, medicare and medicaid or as i mentioned, the military. the white house could be up for a fight because already we're hearing from house democrats who say a freeze will hurt the recovery, the president will likely talk about that tomorrow night in the state of the union address. in a minute, one minute exactly, karl rove reacts to that. martha: seeing of that, the new call for fiscal restaint comes less than a year after the president signed an appropriations bill that critickings say was lowed down -- say was loaded down with pork, they found lawmakers in washington just one day away from president obama's first state of the union address. we're joined now by karl rove, bill. bill: karl rove, former senior adviser, deputy chief of staff to president george bush and fox news contributor. want to talk to you about what's going to happen tomorrow night and i've got a list for you, my friend. by the way, how are you? >> doing well, thank you. bill: first on spending the president will propose a spending freeze, house democrats are balking, saying it's not the way to get get -- to g
on the republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. the so-called reduction in medicare -- is this information or misinformation? are they really going to reduce the amount of money in medicare to pay for this plan? also, the public option. how come they do not want to fight for that? it seems to me that it would be a good way to go. if people are insuring -- purchasing insurance, they are responsible for reading the policy and numbing their coverage. it is just like taking out a loan. if you sign on the dotted line, you are responsible because it is a contract. i think republicans are just fear-mongering, trying to kill the bill simply because of the input of lobbyists. host: thank you for the call. guest: public comment on the medicare question. the pieces in the legislation that would reduce cost under medicare are comprised of a number of components that have been discussed by legislative advisory commissions in the past, such as the medicare advisory council, which advises congress on issues of payment in medicare. issues have also been raised by the congressional b
entitlement programs like social security and medicare would escape any budget cuts. molly henneberg is live for us at the white house, so i guess the question here, molly, what is included and what is excluded in the spending freeze? >> reporter: hi, jon, the president wants to hold spending at 2010 levels through 2013. but it would only apply to nondefense discretionary spending and that means spending for most governments, departments and agencies. about 17% of the total federal budget. so, what -- that is what would be included. what would be excluded includes the following: the cost of the wars in iraq an afghanistan. foreign aid. homeland security and veterans administration. social security. medicare. medicaid. and those last three there alone, social security, medicare, medicaid, make up 59% of all federal spending each year and they would not be touched by the spending freeze. >> how much money do you save if you freeze these discretionary items. >> reporter: the white house says, if you did it for 2011 it would save between 10 and $15 billion and the white house projects, hey if yo
to more commons. for example, with the healthcare, it is medicare and medicaid going bankrupt. if you brought in as the private insurers are able to jury began bring in healthy individuals to medicare -- are able to bring in and cherry pick healthy individuals -- perhaps a sliding scale -- it could bring healthy individuals paying full premiums into medicare to balance out the expenses we have now to pay for 65 and over. as you get older more medical bills. i would be interested to see c- span have some accountant or actuarial come in to run the numbers that exist for the private health insurers and have them make their profits. how to make medicare at a fee. host: banks, we will go at this point because we will have an hour-long later on health care. today concerning the senate, your view, the independent line from anderson, indiana. caller: it is truly disgusting after the display of the health care fiasco you have seen. the conservative an element is tearing up the fabric of democracy. after watching the sonia sotomayor confirmation hearings you have a 99 white guys who question pe
for states. $129 billion of it went for health care coverage supporting medicare costs and technology products. there are other areas, too. $116 billion went towards the vulnerable. people who need assistance, like food stamps and unemployment assistance. $104 billion went to education and science. $66 billion went to green projects. $48 billion to transportation improvements and highway construction, and another $34 billion went to other assorted projects. of the $787 billion, $413 billion, a little more than half of it, is spoken for. it's been doled out in form of tax breaks, spending projects, other obligations. that leaves us with about $374 billion leftover, about half of which will be for more tax breaks. we've got a great panel of experts with us for the hour, but let's start with cnn senior political analyst david gergen. david, the simple question so many people are asking, is the stimulus working so far? >> ali, it certainly has helped. and i think when the government throws this much money at the economy, clearly, it has helped to save jobs, state and local government. cle
insurance, lower your costs, all the insurance reforms, we're going to lower the cost of medicare and medicaid and it won't cost anybody anything. that's great politics. it's just not true. so, there's got to be some test of realism in any of these proposals, mine included. i've got to hold myself accountable. i guarantee the american people will hold themselves -- will hold me accountable if what i'm selling doesn't actually deliver. >> mr. president, point of clarification, what's in the better solutions book are all the legislative proposals -- >> no, i understand that, i've actually read your bills. >>-- throughout 2009. >> i understand. >> so, rest assured, the summary document that you received is backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pelosi and your administration has been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> mike. wait. hold on a second -- no, no, no, no, no, no, no. hold on a second. guys, you know, mike, i've read your legislation. i mean, i take a look at this stuff. and the good ideas, we take. but here's -- here's the thing -- here's the thin
medicare advantage, and they were referring to that because the bills in the house and senate contain massive cuts. if people that have medicare advantage and the innovative program available to millions of seniors through medicare -- that goes away. also, this business of creating massive new government-run health insurance exchanges and allowing businesses to not offer health insurance to their employees if they just pay and 8% tax to the federal government is going to create an incentive for you are going to see, by some estimates, maybe a hundred million americans could lose the health insurance they currently have with their employer. it is not because the government would make the employer dropped their health insurance regan -- health insurance. i think our remember the president's saying nothing in this bill will make you give up the insurance you have through your employer. i would say respectfully, it is awfully hard to keep the health insurance you have at your place of employment if your employer cancels it, and in this tough economy -- it is tough all over in this country
issues. like, do you believe barack obama is a u.s. citizen? are social security and medicare socialism and do you believe barack obama is a solist. the idea is to make them unacceptable to the political middle. the tea partyers don't trust regular republicans at all. here's a tea party hero, glenn beck. >> americans have been fighting this battle in the last year through the tea parties. americans are on to the republicans, who are just really progressives. we know now i'm not going to trust somebody because they have a d. or an r. on their name. chris: andrew, the tea partyers are making the republicans sign on to this bill of particulars like the birther stuff. >> the burter stuff is deadly and a lot of people do think it. chris: deadly to whom? >> to the republican party. i think they do represent -- i think this is again bush, i have to say. they lived under eight years of an allegedly conservative president who spent and borrowed and invaded and did everything that a liberal democrat might have done. 'rtheye so furious but they repressed it now they're exploding. chris: you deal w
, medicare and otherwise, being asked to pay for that additional -- setting aside something that unionized workers will not have to face for an additional five years? >> i think some of the revenue questions are obviously part of the discussions that are ongoing. the president has made a commitment that he will keep to ensure that this legislation is fully paid for. again, it is something that is a little different that is going on in washington these days. this is a proposal that will be scored and it will be rendered a judgment as to the fact that the president will pay for every ççdime in this bill. the compensated for in taxes for additional medicare savings? >> again, i think some of the discussions are ongoing. >> on healthcare, the last month or six weeks you all have proceeded with no republican support, no republican negotiations as far as anyone can tell, 60-40 votes. and it looked like you were on the glide path to passing it in the senate's with democratic- only boats. you now faced the prospect in çmassachusettsç of possibly needing a republican vote. is there some reg
% rate increase? senior citizens in my district on average saw a 45% increase in their medicare advantage plans. 45% one year increase. that's simply unsustainable and the government certainly is never going to balance its budget without addressing the cost of health care. the gentleman from ohio. mr. ryan: i'd like to say that this happened. we didn't end up here, you know, a couple of octobers ago and all of a sudden things were just -- happened. our government was controlled by a conservative, neoconservative ideology for most of the first decade in this country. or of this century. from 2000 to 2008 they controlled the white house and from 2000 to 2006 they controlled the congress. implemented their economic philosophy. hook, line and sinker. it got implemented, they controlled all the levers of government, passed their supply side economics, cut taxes for the wealthiest, that will stimulate the economy and, you know, everything will take care of itself, deregulate wall street, everyone will be honest with each other, no one would possibly do anything wrong if we just weren't watching
to resolve their differences between the house and the senate version of the medicare reform legislation that provided prescription drug benefits for medicare recipients. a very important piece of legislation, one that was not without some controversy, the house passed a version, the senate passed a version, and then in the light of day these two versions were negotiated on these days, the american people got to see the discussions that went on and got to see this bill being crafted that eventually became law. if the democrats weren't engaging in these backroom deal making deals, i don't think they'd mind the lights being turned on but the problem is they're cutting deals and the reason they're having to cut deals is because they're trying to pats a -- pass a piece of legislation that the american people don't embrace. many of us agree that health care needs to be reformed. and my colleagues on my side of the aisle, republicans and conservatives, have been offering some commonsense ideas that could reform the current system without turning over the health care to the government, without
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around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> all right, so this week during the state of the union address, president barack obama boasted a bit about his stimulus plan, and he had this to say. take a listen. >> i talked to the window manufacturer in philadelphia, who said he used to be skeptical about the rec
medicare recipients at the current level -- >> no. >> no? 55 -- well, no, i understand. i mean, there's a grandfathering in. just for future agabeneficiarie. i want to make sure i'm not unfair to your proposal but point out i read it. the basic idea would be at some point we hold medicare cost percipient constant as a way of making sure that doesn't go way out of whack. >> a blend of inflation and health inflation. the point of our plan is, because medicare, as you know, is a $38 trillion unfunded liability. it has to be reformed for younger generations because it won't exist because it's going bankrupt. the prepgs of our idea is, why not give people the same kind of health care plan we here have in congress? that's the kind of reform we're proposing for medicare. >> look, look, as i said before this is an entirely legitimate proposal. the problem is twofold. one is that depending on how it's structured if recipients are suddenly getting a plan that has their reimbursement rates going like this but health care costs are still going up like that then over time the way we're saving mone
, a spending freeze on everything from social security and medicare and medicaid. and fiscal commission, it would be a weaker version what just got defeated in the senate. he mixed it up with republicans over the economy in baltimore. at one point he complained the question was be a example of how hard it was to have a bipartisan conversation. he is another take on the meeting. >> i said i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one that has been following through. but that is the dialogue we need. if we get the house democrats to come in, we would have a lot of progress. >> former president george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the office. mr. bush was in town for a meeting. >> julie: caroline, thank you very much. >> gregg: house speaker nancy pelosi insisting this week the push for health care reform is alive and well. she she is saying that the house will implement several strategies to get a reform bill passed whether that works or not. what does it mean for the political landscape in the upcoming midterm elections. by ron york, chief correspondent for the wa
security. and medicare. people are worried about and no one is talking about. that is what the tea party is all about -- leave social security alone and leave medicare alone and if democrats tried to protect the -- protected, maybe they will keep the seats. but when they keep threatening $500 billion for medicare, 20 million illegal immigrants to get the jobs, they will let a problem. host: are you involved with the tea party or watching from the sidelines? caller: just watching from the sidelines but understand our point. to many people doing our jobs -- nobody wants to talk about illegal immigration. the president is turning his back on it and people are fed up, especially when they talk about social security and medicare. i am a baby boomer. my wife will be caught -- retire pretty soon. we are waiting for this and a lot of people feel the same way. host: doris is watching us from chicago on the democrats' line. caller: he did not mention anything about a 40,000 people who die every year who did not have health insurance. massachusetts told the people of the country, the only state tha
. they have stopped treated medicare patients because reimbursements doesn't cover costs. the republicans say the president is backing a plan that doesn't address the high cost of care. >> raise taxes on small businesses, raises taxes on middle income americans and raises taxes on medical devices and in creases medicare premiums for seniors by $50 billion. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi promised to address the shortfall in reimbursements. >> we salute their work and their right to point out the disparity in reimbuements would be short sided not to pass the bill because of one piece of the bill which we will correct. >> reporter: california governor arnold schwarzenegger says washington owes the state billions. >> my budget includes billions of dollars for medicare. >> reporter: the president hopes to have the bill signed into law before the state of the union address next month. melanie wilkes, fox news. >> and the bills need to be merged into one before it can move on to the president's desk. >>> a memorial service was held in massachusetts for 37-year- old harold brown, jr. brown a
of the medicare prescription drug entitlement even though it was my party in power in congress and in the white house. i think what you've got is a new generation of republican leadership that in the last year demonstrated our willingness not only to stand against more borrowing and spending and bailouts and these government takeovers, but republicans, i know it didn't get reported a lot, but republicans had substantive alternatives on the economy, on the budget, on energy, on health care. and as we meet with the president next week our hope is that now having heard all of us from the american people that we're going to be able to get a willing ear at the white house and among democrats on capitol hill about some of our proposals to get the economy moving again and get spending under control. >> for the fun of it, let's talk about a couple of pieces of low hanging fruit. health care and the banks. there is a legalized monopoly with insurance, yet they came in with a mandate that forced everybody to buy health insurance in an unreformed monopoly which forced the stocks to explode without liberat
need to understand your meter. if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare, call now and we'll send you a free meter. it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. so it's less painful. it makes a big difference. and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. call now and get your free meter. plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. call t number on your screen. >>> there was a presidential meeting of the minds today. president obama hosted former president george h.w. bush at the white house today. apparently no heavy policy talk at this gathering. the white house says this was purely social. social meeting or not, today's get-together at the white house came one day after president obama tried to establish a dialogue with republicans. he attended a house republican retreat in baltimore and engaged in some rather spirited give-and-take. >> the easiest thing for me to do on the health care de
along the party line on cap and trade and obama care and higher taxes and cutting medicare. they are going to say no to does things. i think when the politicking time comes they are going to say i don't think i want to invite barack obama to come into my district, he does not make things happen. >> sean: amazing turn around one year ago think of where we were in the country. there's been talk about how this impacts health care. nancy pelosi said earlier today that health care will go for. other congressmen says it does not. then there's talk about she nan agains that they won't seat brown right away if he has the victory tonight if they play any shenanigans what does that do to the mood of the electorate, which is clearly pretty angry and pretty anti-the democrats' agenda? >> i would be surprised, the democrats have been talking what they would do if scott brown became elected how they would get their health care through despite the will of the people. if they play the kind of she nan -- shenanigans you described it will show the arrogance which has lead to brown's victory
this proposed 1% medicare payroll tax hike to fund the obama health care plan by including investments, like capital gains and dividends rather than simply wages. now, the wage hike's bad enough. obama care is bad enough. but applying this to investment simply raises the cost of capital, lowers the return on risk taking, and damages prospects for economic recovery growth. what is team obama thinking. the new year tax attack. i've never seen anything so dumb. i'm not surprised stocks sold off today, especially the bank stocks. and i've got to tell you, if these tax hikes actually get through the congress and the white house in the weeks ahead, the stock market is going to sag, no matter how good fourth-quarter profits come in. you cannot tax your way to prosperity. did i say dumb policy? that is my take. extremely dumb policy. now, i want to get some reaction on this point from our guests. we have ssht director for tax and budget policy at the center for american progress, michael lyndon. we also have the "wall street journal's" steve moore. michael lyndon, because i believe in fairness and o
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-span. finally, i believe the way out of this health-care mess is to open up medicare, certainly to page 55, and allow the medicare to cherry pick help the citizens such as myself. i pay $7,000 out of pocket every year. i've only used $700 in health insurance. there would be left over profit that could go to medicare. the must be millions who would not use their health care if medicare would open. we don't have to be in the shark tank with private insurers who would deny claims. host: and then they'll, virginia. on the democrats' line. caller: good morning. i think this is pathetic that c- span is sending letters out. i did not ever remember when c- span ever sent a letter during the bush administration. obama said that, yes. he said from the white house. i remember john mccain, both parties, and all -- every other health institution was there to discuss what was going on. if you see the level of people calling, the intellectualism has drastically dropped. the guests invited over at c- span and his supporters and the people who comment always spew their venomous about partisan shship which
assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >> shannon: there's one report saying the arctic will be without nice a matter of decades. whether global warming is to blame sauls a heated subject. former astronaut has seen the polar icecaps from outer space he joins us with a different perspective. welcom
or not the government should take over 1/of our economy, slash medicare by half a trillion dollars, raise taxes by half a trillion dollars and drive insurance rates up for the most of the rest of our country and i think we heard a large and resounding message yesterday if one of the most, if not arguably the most liberal states in america. the people of massachusetts spoke and spoke loudly. one concern i know a imin of you had about the outcome of this election would be whether the new senator would be seated. i'm convinced now that no gamesmanship will be played by the other side with regard to future votes in the senate. senator jim webb, made it clear he will not participate in any additional health care votes prior to senator brown being sworn in. and i noticed that elected officials in massachusetts who were principally responsible for certifying election after earlier saying take up to two weeks, indicated it could be as soon today. i don't believe the kind of thing we've seen on full diswith the corn husbander kick back, the louis purchase, the gator aide, drafting the bill behind closed doors,
've dealt with medicare patients for my entire practice, when you take $500 billion out of a plan that's already underfunded and goes upside down in premiums in about 2017 and beginning next year, the baby boomers hit, three million to three and a half million every year, you take half a trillion dollars out and add 30 million to 35 million people, three things happen. you have decreased access, two, you're not going to be able to get in to see the doctor, two, you have decreased quality and three, seniors get this their costs are going to get up to get the needed care they need. mr. akin: doctor, you are so eloquent and said it so smoothly, i think you we need to underline what you said. what you're saying is we're going to take $500 billion out of medicare. is this a republican that's going to raid medicare? mr. roe: no, sir. mr. akin: we've been accused of raiding medicare. but it's not us. mr. roe: no, sir, unless you're in florida, of course. mr. akin: if you take $500 billion out of medicare, it's going to be harder to provide services for people. you're not doing just that, you'
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is being talked about, is extending the medicare payroll tax, not just extending the tax, but extending it to investment income. what that would allow you to do, you could lose the surtax that i mentioned. you could reduce the level or the impact of that cat cadillac tax on high cost insurance plans, which is very important to labor unions chor opposed to that tax even though the white house is for it. >> the house doesn't want to be a wall nflower. they only won by 1 in the house. don't think we're going to roll over for everything you tell us to do in the senate. i and i just wonder whether that starts getting louder. >> i've heard that argument from weinor and others. the house doesn't want to completely get rolled, but they're going to mostly get rolled. >> because they're the -- what is it in london? they're the commoners, i guess. >> they're in steerage on the titanic. >> they're not the senators -- >> john kerry, those types. >> we've modified. >> they're scrappers. >> it's sort ooh like on this show, joe is the house of representatives and becky and carl is the senate. >> becky
approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. [ applause ] let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress, though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. let's get it done. let's get it done. [ applause ] now, even as health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve. and, one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so, let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. by -- by the time i took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two w
". >> the government is using music legend chubby checker to advertise the twist in the medicare drug program o january 1st, one millo income seniors became eligible for more benefits under the so-called extra help program. the old method calculated life insurance policies, as sets. the social security administration is urging seniors previously rejected now to reapply. for more information on the extra help program, call this toll free number. 8772 with 1213. still ahead. a terror suspect has his day in court. what he told the judge. >> and michael jackson's doctor is making headlines again. the conflicting reports tonight about his specific case. >> >> a man accused of trying to blow up an airplane on christmas day faced the judge today. umar farouk abdul mutallab appeared in federal court today for six charges. related to the attempted terrorist attack. he was only in court for several minutes. long enough to answer a few questions and plead not guilty. umar farouk abdul mutallab could face life in prison, if convicted. >> meantime, security at airports abroad get tighter after the botched attack ch
monstrosity that took a half billion out of medicare, raised taxes a half billion dollars and raised insurance premiums for everybody is dead. we need to start over as we've been advocating for sometime and go step-by-step and fix the problem. which is cost. >> greta: that's what you want to do. is that going to happen? you think the democratic members of the senate are still going to proceed with the existing bill minus adjustments? >> as long as they try to restructure 1/6 of the economy cutting medicare, raising taxes and premiums i don't think it is going anywhere. leadership marks them out, right off the cliff politically trying to get them to pass a bill the people hated. i don't think they are going to have a stomach for that one more time. >> greta: do you think with the election of senator electric brown, have you seen any sort of changes one the democratic senators here or too early to tell? >> i think the attitude is they would like for this issue to go away for a while democratic senators many would like for this issue to go away for a while. >> greta: how about harry reid? >> i th
, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. >> the republican response was that the newly elected governor of virginia, bob mcdonald who said the government simply tried to do too much. he says americans want affordable health care but don't want uncle sam running it. he voiced concern about overall spending in washington. >> the amount of debt is on pace to double in five years and triple in 10. the federal debt is now over $100,000 per household. this is simply unsustainable. the president's partial phrase announced tonight on discretionary spending is a small one. the circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper limited role of government at every level. >> on social issues, the president said he would work with the military to end don't ask don't tell for gays this year. the republican senator john corning calls that "social engineering." back to you guys in new york. >> as you look at that shot right now -- >> of molly? >> as you look at the shot of the president of the
a liar. check five. a look into the future. the mayo clinic says it will stop accepting medicare patients because the government reimburse smt too low. cuts are a hall mark of the new health care legislation this, is just the beginning if you care. 3,000 arizonains do care. they'll not be treated any longer at the clinic if they file under medicare. check six. good news from iraq. no american troops killed there in december. in combat. three died from noncombat causes. so far, 44 mun -- 4400 americans military members died in iraq. 32,000 americans have been wounded. 110,000 american troops remain in iraq. check seven, university of florida defeated north carolina state in basketball sunday. sheer how it went down. down. >> he's going to come from probably half court. missed the 3 three. now the three. he >> did it, florida gators won the game! >> i can do that. and finally check eight. 29-year-old nicholas nunley tried to steal a coca-cola machine. police polled him and photographed him with a dash cam. chasing the guy five miles and pulled him over and tasered him. charge of theft and v
of the baby-boomers, 1.5 million seniors will be eligible for medicare. 1.2 million the year after that and that's more than double we have retiring this year. we will see an explosion of entitlement costs that will make this dev stit look small, compare to the long term and he is doing nothing. medicare, medicaid, social security -- he's doing nothing to touch those. caller: let me be the simpleton that i can be. when i had a business, we needed to generated business to pay for the lights and the copier and everything else. the focus should be on the stimulus bill. if it's working and generating all of these jobs which will then generate tax income. if it is not working, we need to go to plan b., really fast. frankly, i don't see the jobs numbers. i don't see the jobs and unemployment. it is not working. but we need to generate income. tax cuts, different employers? i don't know what it is. >> you could repeal a parted of the increase in the stimulus package. that would be a real cut, saying we are not spending this. caller: that's $523 billion less. >> if you look at where it's w
as to what's going to happen to the medicare advantage program. there are deals being made, as i understand, that are not going to have a program with the medicare advantage program. people are not being told what's going on, and that's the biggest concern. not knowing. the seniors have always had a bright outlook on our government, and i think that that is changing -- or has changed in this last two years because of the fact that we have people going behind closed doors, governor -- i mean pelosi, reid and obama, if they lived in the state of wisconsin, where we have what's called an open meeting law, they would be sued so fast they would not know what happened to them. i am so disappointed, along with my friends and neighbor s. i live -- i have a medicare advantage plan, and it's network health insurance. they are located in menash, wisconsin, in my back yard. they have taken care of their clientele, they're interested in our health issues. now, aarp is affiliated with united health, they are one of the biggest insurance companies in the united states. isn't it interesting, united health
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